How Degree Apprenticeships are promoting diversity and inclusivity in the workplace

Date: Tuesday 8th February 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Location: Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, All Saints Campus, Room 7.04, Business School, Manchester, M15 6BH
Cost: Free

By now, many of you know what a degree apprenticeship is – but less is known about how degree apprenticeships can support an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Our degree apprenticeship programmes are breaking barriers into higher education for many leaners.

Whether our apprentices are mature leaners, from disadvantaged backgrounds or the first in their family to attend university, we are committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at University and in the workplace.

Our employer partners share in our beliefs and values around diversity and inclusivity. Listen to their stories, and how they utilise degree apprenticeships to attract a rich and diverse pool of talented individuals, who are making an impact in their businesses.



Enter the Business School (Business School, All Saints Campus, Manchester, M15 6BH) campus map attached. manchester-met-campus-map

Use the lifts directly behind the Business School reception (4 lifts in a row) and press 7 to access the 7th floor.

Room 7.04, 7th Floor, Business School

About the Speakers:

Liz Gorb Director of Apprenticeships - Manchester Metropolitan University

Director of Apprenticeships at Manchester Metropolitan University, Liz leads in the development and delivery of Degree Apprenticeships across the University. Liz and her team are now working with over 540 global corporates, public sector organisations and SMEs to develop and successfully provide future-focused, new routes into higher education that address high-priority skills shortages and support key workers who are essential for society.

With over 2,500 degree apprentices on programme, including many award winners and high levels of student and employer satisfaction, Liz and the team have successfully grown the portfolio while maintaining quality. Liz is a regularly asked to present at conferences and has played an active role in many national trailblazer groups. Liz has also been advising employers, universities and government bodies on setting up these innovative programmes in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Spain and Canada. Previously holding senior roles in diverse education sectors, she has substantial experience of leadership and management and partnership development in a variety of settings.

Sabreen Anwar Cloud Security Owner - Lloyds Bank

Sabreen has been with LBG for over 13 years and has carried out a variety of roles. She is currently working in the Cloud Centre of Excellence at LBG specialising in Cloud Security and is undertaking a Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Sabreen is passionate about promoting Apprenticeships and her aim is to empower more Asian females into the engineering field. Conscious that in certain communities females don’t have the opportunity to study further or work, her aim is to change the mindset and help others get into education or on the career ladder.

Kashif Taj IBM Apprenticeships Lead - IBM

Kashif began his graduate career as a systems auditor with Price Waterhouse, and then moved into management consultancy. He joined IBM in 2002, as part of the PwC Consulting acquisition and continued his consulting career, specialising in Oracle ERP implementations and later Learning and Development, across various industries including public sector, petrochemical, utilities and financial services.

Kashif switched careers in 2013, joining IBM’s reputable Foundation programme, where he career-manages Early Professionals and led the Internship and CIC apprenticeship schemes. He now leads the overall IBM apprenticeship programme which covers 12 pathways ranging from Level 3 to 7.

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